Need to Knows
What are Weingarten Rights?
“Weingarten Rights” are union member protection rights that were handed down by the United States Supreme Court. If a union member is called into a meeting with management that could affect personal working conditions or lead to discipline or termination, that union member can request to management that their Uni Serv Director be present during the meeting. The union member can choose not to participate in such a discussion until their union representative arrives.
THE EMPLOYEE MUST MAKE SURE TO ASK FOR UNION REPRESENTATION BEFORE OR DURING THE MEETING!
The employee cannot be punished for making this request. If the employer denies this request and continues to question, it commits an UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE. This is a violation of Federal law and the employee has a right to refuse to answer. The employer may not discipline employees for such a refusal.